By Zach Sweat, Know Your Meme
YouTube pranks have been around for almost as long as the platform itself, and while many of them are completely harmless, some take things a little too far and wind up getting someone injured or even killed. Such is the case of YouTuber Timothy Wilks, who was shot dead last Friday after a “robbery prank” went awry.
The 20-year-old Tennessee man was reportedly recording the prank in the parking lot of Urban Air, a trampoline park, in Hermitage alongside a friend (who was not identified by police) at around 9 p.m. According to the police report, Wilks and his friend intended to stage a fake robbery for his channel where they would approach a car with butcher knives in their hands.